North Korea Rushing Imminent War Preparations

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un further escalated tensions of war on Wednesday, putting his army on notice for imminent combat during an inspection of troops accompanied by North Korea’s top 3 military leaders.

“We must greatly hurry preparations for battle, not forgetting that war is not the kind of thing that you advertise when you’ll do it,” said Kim, according to Japanese-language NHK News.

Kim’s bellicose statements came while inspecting the Command of Large Combined Unit 526 on Christmas Eve, as reported by the state’s official Korean Central News Agency.

The latest threats of war follow a fax by North Korea to its southern neighbor last Thursday, saying it would “attack it without mercy and without notice.”

Satellite imagery show North Korea efforts to restart nuclear complex

Satellite imagery suggests North Korea is making “wide-ranging, extensive” efforts to fully reactivate its main nuclear complex, a US think tank said today, in line with Pyongyang’s vows to strengthen its weapons programme.

Recent images show work at the Yongbyon nuclear compound apparently aimed at producing fuel rods to be used in a plutonium reactor, Johns Hopkins University’s US-Korea Institute said.

Analysis of the imagery identified one “probable fuel fabrication plant” for the 5-megawatt plutonium reactor that reopened earlier this year, researcher Nick Hansen wrote on the institute’s blog, 38 North.

N. Korea’s leader ‘very drunk’ when ordering purge of uncle’s aides – report

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, was “very drunk” when he ordered the execution of his uncle’s two aides, after they failed to hand over lucrative business to the military, a Japanese newspaper reported.

Kim was allegedly “upset” by the first deputy director of the administrative department of the state’s ruling Workers’ Party, Ri Ryong-ha, and deputy director in the same department, Jang Su-gil, after the two refused to respond to an order to hand over profitable business quickly enough.

The two aides were part of the inner circle of Jang Song-thaek, Kim’s once powerful uncle, who was stripped of all his powers and executed just weeks later.

Dennis Rodman leaves North Korea without meeting Kim Jong Un.

N. Korea nuke restart ‘more extensive’ than expected

A U.S.-based research group says North Korea has likely made “a more wide-ranging, extensive” effort to restore its main nuclear site than previously thought.

The analysis by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University is based on recent satellite images of the Yongbyon nuclear complex in the country’s northwest.

A five-megawatt plutonium reactor at the compound was restarted in August, weeks after Pyongyang vowed to expand its nuclear weapons stockpile.